Early Offense Too Much For Mustangs To Overcome In Loss To McDaniel

Early Offense Too Much For Mustangs To Overcome In Loss To McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. - The Stevenson University baseball team fell behind early 5-0 in the first and was never able to overcome the margin as local foe McDaniel College downed the Mustangs by a score of 10-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Preston Field.  

  • Stevenson (10-7) had a chance to strike in the top-half against starter Brody Cullison as with two out and a man on second junior Mark Terrell reached on an infield single and senior Alex Kidwiler was issued a free pass to load the bases for sophomore Thomas Holcomb.  He, unfortunately, would be the final out of the frame as he grounded out to second to leave the bags full.
  • McDaniel (8-8) grabbed five runs off of freshman Matt Reich with their first at-bat of the game as Ryan Downes plated one with a fielder's choice with one gone.  Then, with two outs Brad Thaxton singled and Julian Jenkins each drove home one run, while TJ McGuire knocked in a pair with a bases-clearing double for the 5-0 lead. 

  • After a one-out base hit by freshman Billy McAdamclassmate Austin Taylor watched strike three leading to junior Kevin Murray Jr. having a chance to put the visitors on the board.
  • He delivered with a double out to right-field scoring McAdam to cut it to 5-1.  
  • Later in the inning senior catcher, Jordan Moore had two in scoring position with two down, but he flew out to left to end the rally.
  • In the home-half, the Green Terror filled the bases for Thaxton with one out to go and he hit into a fielder's choice forcing out Naquan Holden heading to second.

  • Sophomore Phil Wugalter took over on the mound for Reich and kept the score where it was at 5-1 by posting a one-two-three inning with two strikeouts.

  • The hosts brought their edge back to five as DJ Biscoe led off with a double to right which was followed by a single off the bat of Tim Griest to leave men on the corners.
  • Wugalter put up back-to-back strikeouts and then with Holden at the dish Griest was picked off of first, however, he stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Biscoe to score before being tagged out for the 6-1 lead.

  • Stevenson got right back into the game with singles by Kerber and Moore along with a wild pitch left runners at second and third for Terrell.
  • He sent one up the box and into center field to score Kerber.  Then the next man-up was Kidwiler who pulled the Mustangs to within 6-3 with a sac fly to left.
  • Wugalter posted a shutdown frame by fanning the side in order.

  • The Mustangs had the tying run at the plate as with two gone sophomore Patrick Sullivan and McAdam worked back-to-back walks to put men at first and second for senior pinch-hitter Connor Wasilnak.
  • However, he went down swinging at strike three to retire the side.
  • McDaniel added on to their advantage when with the bases loaded and one away McGuire cleared the bags with a double down the right-field line off of sophomore Ryan Smith.
  • That brought senior Michael King out of the pen in search of the final two outs which he got, but not before Jenkins came up with an RBI to make it 10-3.  

  • Stevenson went down in order with their last chance of the game with a pair of infield groundouts and a strikeout to end the game.

  • W: Brody Cullison (1-0), L: Matt Reich (0-1), S: Connor Schnable (1)
  • Terrell paced the Mustangs going 3-4 at the with an RBI.
  • Reich took the loss lasting two frames five hits, five runs and struck out two.
  • Kerber extended his hitting streak to eight games with a hit and three walks.
  • Moore stretched his streak to five, while Murray pushed it to four as both of them chipped in a knock. 
  • Cullison got the win with five innings seven hits, three runs and a pair of K's.
  • Schnable picked up the save going 4.0 innings of one-hit ball.
  • Biscoe, Griest, McGuire, and Jenkins each had a double and went a combined 6-17 at the dish.

  • Stevenson is back in action on Friday, March 29 when they begin a three-game MAC Commonwealth series with a visit to Chester, Pennsylvania to play game one at Widener University.  First pitch just off of Interstate 95 is set for 3:30pm.